Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovations are responding to COVID-19 with solutions to meet the unique challenges of this pandemic in hard to reach conflict affected and fragile settings.
From locally manufacturing personal protective equipment, to countering disinformation campaigns, learn how these innovative solutions are supporting the world’s most vulnerable against COVID-19.
Today, more than 168 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.
Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.
Our Featured Innovators
Snap Truth to Power
In a time of uncertainty, Sealr restores trust in what we see. Sealr is a mobile app that uses Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology to verify and secure imagery from conflict-affected areas, protecting against fakes and enhancing remote collaboration. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way we monitor projects in remote areas: decreasing waste and fraud and putting a powerful accountability tool in the hands of beneficiaries, giving them a more active role in evaluating how their needs are met.
What is Happening Now
The third call for proposals is now closed! Thanks to all who applied. Our team has begun reviewing the applications.
Curious about our review process? Check out the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.
Latest Blog Entries
COVID-19: White Helmets establish first PPE manufacturing in Syria
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the White Helmets, a Syrian based organization made up of local volunteers from all walks of life, will establish personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing and safe disposal capability for healthcare workers and citizens in northwest Syria. The Nobel Peace Prize nominated organization, also subject of an Oscar-winning Netflix documentary, is being awarded $1.6 million from Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge, and will be the first organization to manufacture PPE for the COVID-19 response in Syria. The country’s protracted conflict and humanitarian crisis have destroyed homes, hospitals and healthcare settings, and have disrupted supply chains leaving over four million people in northwest Syria living in precarious conditions that don’t allow for proper distancing, isolation, or hygiene measures.
Innovations to transform humanitarian aid in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge’s supported innovators mobilized to ensure safe and effective humanitarian response to the growing global COVID-19 outbreak. From locally manufacturing personal protective equipment, to countering the harmful spread of misinformation and disinformation campaigns, Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovators are helping the world’s most vulnerable people against the coronavirus.
Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge 2020 Request for Proposals in Numbers
This year’s Humanitarian Grand Challenge received 582 applications from 71 countries around the world. This year’s applications were sourced in a year where violence, insecurity, and climate extremes drive more people into crises, all compounded by the global COVID-19 pandemic. That we saw increased numbers of applications from conflict-affected countries and low-and-middle-income countries speaks not only to the amount and variety of innovative ideas available in challenging contexts around the world, but also to the genuine desire for locally-led solutions to save and improve lives affected by conflict.
Helping end violence against women, even during a pandemic
The global COVID-19 pandemic has touched every one of our lives in nearly every way, as countries around the world went into lockdown and restricted movement to try to contain or eliminate the rapid spread of the virus. Yet, as people started their isolation, global numbers of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, rose. In Jordan, reports of domestic violence rose by 30%.